Line-ups: Armenia v Italy


Italy rely on Andrea Belotti, Federico Chiesa and Alessio Romagnoli for this evening’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s Armenia.

It kicks off in Yereven at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT).

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The Azzurri have won all four of their qualifiers in Group J so far, conceding just one goal scored by Edin Dzeko for Bosnia.

Roberto Mancini hopes to keep that run going, even though he has lost several key players through injury, including Giorgio Chiellini, Lorenzo Insigne, Bryan Cristante, Cristiano Biraghi, Leonardo Spinazzola, Cristiano Piccini, Mattia De Sciglio and Leonardo Pavoletti.

This means Alessio Romagnoli reunites with his former Milan teammate Leonardo Bonucci at centre-back, with Emerson Palmieri and Jorginho representing Chelsea.

Federico Bernardeschi and Federico Chiesa flank Andrea Belotti, who gets the nod ahead of Ciro Immobile because Torino have already played six Europa League preliminary round games, so his match fitness levels are superior right now.

Nicolò Barella has been benched in favour of Stefano Sensi at Inter so far this season, but the former Cagliari man keeps his place in the Italy midfield.

Armenia are currently third in Group J with six points after beating Greece 3-2 in Athens, along with victory over Liechtenstein.

Their star man is Mkhitaryan, fresh from a transfer deadline day loan move from Arsenal to Roma.

He sits in a trequartista role behind centre-forward Aleksandre Karapetyan, flanked by Tigran Barseghyan and Gevorg Ghazaryan.

These nations faced off only twice before, in 2014 World Cup qualifying, with a 3-1 Italian victory in Armenia and surprise 2-2 draw at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples.

Armenia: Airapetyan; Hambartsumyan, Haroyan, Calisir, K Hovhannisyan; A Grigoryan, Mkrtchyan; Barseghyan, Mkhitaryan, Ghazaryan; Karapetyan

Armenia bench:Beglaryan, Aivazov, T Voskanyan, Avetisyan, Vardanyan, Babayan, A Hovhannisyan, Ishkanyan, Artak Edigaryan, Hovsepyan, Adamyan, Miranyan

Italy: G Donnarumma; Florenzi, Romagnoli, Bonucci, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Bernardeschi, Belotti, Chiesa

Italy bench:Sirigu, Gollini, Tonali, Acerbi, Izzo, Lo Pellegrini, Sensi, Lasagna, Immobile, El Shaarawy, Mancini

Ref:Siebert (GER)

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